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Best Way to Make a Wedding Guest List (Spreadsheet Included)

Best Way to Make a Wedding Guest List (Spreadsheet Included)

What is the best way to make your wedding guest list? If it were up to you two as a couple, you’d invite your closest family and friends and be done. But then your parents have their own list and then what do you do with the singles? Should they get a plus one...what are the rules?

Wedding Planning Blog - A Resource for Cross Cultural Couples Planning their Wedding

Wedding Planning Blog - A Resource for Cross Cultural Couples Planning their Wedding

We ran a poll a few weeks ago with our followers and many of them didn’t know our blog existed as a resource for planning a wedding. Every week on Tuesday we post a new blog and every other week you get a round up of the blogs when you sign up to our newsletter, which you can do here.

Most Popular Reasons for Doing the First Look

Most Popular Reasons for Doing the First Look

In this post I’m going to share my insights from dozens of weddings I’ve produced, some with a first look and some without. I’ll be going over what the first look is and why some have opted for it and why some haven’t. It honestly, comes down to...

What You Need to Know About Planning Your Jewish-American Wedding

What You Need to Know About Planning Your Jewish-American Wedding

In this post I’m going to walk you through a Jewish marriage ceremony we planned for our Indian-Jewish-American client. This wedding example in particular was more Jewish centric because the bride’s family was planning their Indian inspired wedding in India set to be a few months after their American wedding.

Real Wedding: Museum of Art Wedding in Long Beach, CA Danielle & Brendan

Real Wedding: Museum of Art Wedding in Long Beach, CA Danielle & Brendan

Danielle and Brendan dreamed of having a laid back backyard-vibe wedding. While their venue was far from being a backyard, the Long Beach Museum of Art had a large lawn and an ocean view patio perfect for their intimate celebration. Their family traveled from all over but mostly from New York as they're California transplants.

Congrats on your engagement! What to do next?!

First, narrow down the theme or the setting. Do you imagine dancing with the love of your life in a country barn in cowgirl boots, or under the stars in a whimsical woodland scene, or with your toes wiggling in the sand at your no-shoes required beach extravaganza?

Top 5 Favorite 'First Dance Songs'

Whether its under the stars, alongside the coastline, in the twinkled gazebo, amidst the sequoia trees, or with grand chandeliers above you - the 'First Dance' is one of the most magical moments. It's the first alone time-intimate time- you get after all the fun-ness you've been having. Seriously everything else is a blur and you are zoned in on your best friend.

Southern California Wedding Planning

"When you have passion, you will not back up when you get knocked down-and you will get knocked down- over and over again. That's what winning is all about." - Elizabeth Holmes

Creative workstation at Michelle Isabel

Creative workstation at Michelle Isabel

Yesterday I gave my notice resigning as a full-time events planner from a top higher education institution. And the craziest thing happened...the opportunity for an offer from a Fortune 500 company came along to go work in one of thee most sought out cities in CA with amazing benefits and relocation fees covered. I didn't even apply for the job yet here is this awesome offer at a pivotal point in my life I might add. My husband and I always talked about making the move up the northern coast of California. Now that the opportunity is in front of us, what to do. Then I started to think about why I was leaving my job and what drove me away in the first place. Job security and great pay sound nice but its too easy. For one, its still a 9-5. It means I am confined to my desk for 8 hours. Its me working for someone else and making money for someone else. Its me suppressing my creative juices. Its me not making executive decisions. Its everything that I have, up to this point, discovered I don't want to do. 

As the reality sets in that I am finally doing this...finally taking my passion and turning it into a business...taking a ginormous leap of faith, obv the feelings of insecurity try to creep in, "what if I fail?" "what if I don't get any clients?" "what if I am wrong?" what if I get a bad review?" Then I read that awesome quote from self-made Female billionaire, Elizabeth Holmes. I have to remember that it hasn't been easy for anyone that is successful- it comes at a price. I had to ask myself if I am willing to pay that price. I SUPER AM AND I AM SUPER EXCITED!

Wedding Day Programs

Every detail- and in this particular case- every piece of stationary will have meaning down to the font family used. I am going to work on it like I am getting it ready to walk down the runway or like its about to have a 6 page spread published on it.